Omantel offers 400GbE data center interconnect services

Nov. 15, 2022
The Sultanate’s incumbent service provider is leveraging data center interconnect transport technology from Ciena.

Oman Telecommunications Co. (Omantel) now offers 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) data center interconnect services. The Sultanate’s incumbent service provider is leveraging data center interconnect transport technology from Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) to enable 400GbE connectivity for its wholesale, cloud, and content provider customers.

Omantel’s 400GbE data center interconnect infrastructure leverages Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics as well as Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller. The fiber network transport capabilities enable Omantel to offer both 100GbE and 400GbE services via wavelengths up to 800 Gbps (see "Omantel brings 800G fiber networks to Middle East via Ciena").

“Our vision is for Oman to be the leading gateway to the region and beyond. We are bringing this mission to life, and a recent example is our new 400GbE data center interconnect service that we developed with Ciena,” commented Sohail Qadir, vice president of wholesale at Omantel. “At Omantel, considering the numerous benefits on technical, commercial, and social levels, we acted upon a clear strategy for data centers by partnering with Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company, to launch MC1, the premier carrier-neutral data center in MENA. We are now taking the next step by introducing an innovative new DCI service, the first of its kind in the region.

“Crucially, we were able to launch the service sustainably—without deploying additional platforms—doubling wavelength transmission capacity from 400G to 800G and improving overall fiber capacity leveraging our existing footprint. What this means for our customers is faster delivery of on-demand cloud applications and content with the highest quality,” Qadir added.

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

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